Kigelia Ruaha has occupied this spot for many years and now joins our collection of unique camps in some of East Africa’s most diverse wild places. We chose our locations for the essence of the safari experience that they still offer in an increasingly busy world. Kigelia is exemplary in that it lies in the best game area within this vast and beautiful park.
The camp itself is also just up our street – beautifully airy tents set beneath the boughs of the Sausage Tree (Kigelia Africana) after which it was named. It has a charm and simplicity which, for us, means that it highlights the surrounding landscape rather than detracts from it. Falling asleep under canvas to the calls of leopard, and waking in the dappled light of the sun as it peers through the bush is simply magic.
From here we get to explore on foot and in open vehicles, in search of elephant and lion, the statuesque greater kudu and noble sable, as well as all the smaller creatures that call this place home. We’re very much a transient presence in this place of wild things, which is how we feel it should be.
A grove of Kigelia (Sausage Tree) is home to our simple tented camp. The newest member of the Nomad portfolio, we fell in love with this camp because of it’s location in the best game area of Ruaha National Park. We felt it to be a perfect spot from which to explore – the camp’s simplicity and focus on the essence of safari being totally in keeping with the Nomad way of doing things.
We only have six tents here and it’s certainly not camping like you know it – we’ve got airy tents that provide shelter from the elements without detracting from the beauty of the natural bush setting…no manicured lawns here! The tents are well furnished with locally crafted pale wood furniture and there’s a hot safari-style bucket shower under the stars (the showers are en-suite but outdoors), and a flush loo.
The camp kitchen whips up some tasty feasts – simple but satisfying meals served in the intimate dining tent or better still, under the stars. Like all bush camps, there’s a camp-fire where the essential sundowner can be enjoyed as the hot day gives way to cool night.